Bobcats-Nuggets: Charlotte Loses Another Close One

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst INovember 12, 2008

I swear to you, we had it this time.

We were up at halftime, and we were on pace to win the game.

However, we decided to play the third quarter with our head's up our bums. The Nuggets outscored us 29-16, which mainly decided the game after they put up 22 points in the second. The final score was 88-80.

Jason Richardson stepped up his game, and finally put up some good numbers instead of letting the bench do everything. Richardson had 23 points and grabbed five rebounds and totaled two assists. Fellow starter Gerald Wallace had 13 points with seven rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

The bench tried to come through again, and it still didn't work. Adam Morrison had 16 points off the bench. He showed some improvement in this game after being sidelined all of last season with an injury. He also had two rebounds and two assists.

It was a good night for Raymond Felton. Felton only had nine points and five assists—but the first assist made it his 212th-straight game that he had an assist. This streak goes back to January 4 of 2006.

Denver did a real good job on Charlotte. Chauncey Billups gathered two steals along with 16 points and five of his own assists. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 25 points. He also had six rebounds.

The Bobcats fall to 2-3 against Denver at home, and 2-5 on the season. The Bobcats face Utah on Friday. Also, Jason Richardson will be out at least a week recovering from knee surgery. Hopefully we can get back on track after these disappointing losses.